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Building a Life Worth Living
Building a Life Worth Living: A Memoir | Marsha M. Linehan
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A memoir of Marsha Linehan's journey from a suicidal teenager to a world-renowned psychologist who developed the behavioral therapy DBT, to treat suicidal clients. When she was eighteen years old, Linehan began an abrupt downward spiral from popular teenager to a suicidal young woman. After several miserable years in a psychiatric institute, Linehan made a vow: if she could get out of hell, she would find a way to help others get out, too. This is the remarkable, inspiring life story of the woman who established the first meaningful therapeutic treatment for suicidal and borderline disorder personality individuals. After putting herself through night school and university, living at the YWCA and often scraping together spare change to buy food, Linehan went on to get her PhD in psychology, specializing in behavior therapy. In the 1980s, she achieved a breakthrough when she developed Dialectical Behavior Therapy: a therapeutic approach that combines acceptance of the self and ways to change. She was the first to include mindfulness as a key component in therapy treatment, along with specific life-skill techniques. Throughout her extraordinary scientific career, Linehan remained a woman of deep spirituality. Her powerful and moving story is one of faith and perseverance. Marsha Linehan shows how the principles of DBT really work--and how, using her life skills and techniques, people can build a life worth living.
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Blueberry
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I don't get why Goodreads recommended this historical fiction book about a European duchess to me because I had read Building a Life Worth Living: a memoir: about the history of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the woman with a suicidal past who created it.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Probably works on keywords? Historical? Women doing stuff? 13mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile I'm also concerned about GoodReads. I think it's still drunk. The other day it suggested I read War & Peace after finishing a DC Batman Comic 🤔 13mo
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jb72 @Enchanted_Bibliophile 😂 Well I suppose Batman is always at war? 13mo
jb72 The GR app is always screwing up for me. Now some commercial tries to pop up. 13mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile @jb72 🤔 There's something to think about 13mo
Liz_M I love looking at the “similar titles“ for less well-known books. A recent favorite is the similar reads for a book about poetry: https://www.goodreads.com/book/similar/905168-break-blow-burn-camille-paglia-rea... 😂 😂 😂 13mo
Blueberry @Liz_M OMG, those are hilarious. 13mo
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Blueberry
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3rd day of Christmas.
#12booksof2020 @Andrew65

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Blueberry
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1. Chocolate bourbon pecan pie for Thanksgiving but fudge for the Xmas season!!
2. I am thankful for family and friends, a roof over my head, and so far being free of covid.
I tag @NataliePatalie

#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

Cosmos_Moon Yum! That pie sounds amazing! 14mo
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Getting some reading done outside while the sun is still shining! Starting this one. I‘m currently in a DBT program so I‘m eager to read the story of the woman who created it!

Kimzey Sounds fascinating! 2y
MyNamesParadise @Kimzey I‘m just at the beginning still but I‘m eager to get deeper into it! 2y
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gratefultiff
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Great read! Really puts the DBT skills into context when you learn where they come from and how they were created, but the book has more of a memoir story feel than a clinical feel.

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Marsha Linehan is a world renowned psychologist and developer of DBT - an incredible psychological and behavioural therapy for individuals with bipolar disorder and suicidal ideation. She is also a suicide survivor herself and recently revealed that she spent a number of torturous years in a mental institute in her youth. To describe this memoir as courageous just doesn‘t seem enough. I‘m in awe of this incredible woman and her work ❤️

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Saturday afternoon 📖 🐶 ♥️

Leftcoastzen Yay!🐶📚❤️ 2y
readordierachel They've got the right idea 😀 2y
JennyM @Leftcoastzen @readordierachel they are the best reading companions! X. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Nice! You 📖, 🐶 😴! 🙂 2y
Kalalalatja Looks lovely! 2y
Rissreads Awwwwww ❤️ 2y
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Taken earlier this afternoon when I finished this book. Marsha Linehan is brave, smart, and a true leader. She has been to Hell, and she has climbed out of it. Slowly, yet unflinchingly. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is practical and satisfying for therapist and client, and I use the skills she created every week at work with my students. Radical acceptance can be life-changing. Her memoir left me inspired, a feeling I needed today ❤️.

saresmoore I want to climb into this picture. That light is lovely! 2y
JennyM Beautiful pic and amazing book - ‘if you‘re a tulip, don‘t try to be a rose. Go find a tulip garden‘ 💐 ♥️ 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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Another #LibraryBookHaul! 💜💜💜

JenReadsAlot I really enjoyed both books by Dan Harris 2y
LauraJ @JenReadsAlot Agreed! These books got me into the meditation habit. 2y
Christine What @JenReadsAlot and @LauraJ said! 🙏❤️ 2y
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Gissy
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2. Two books: one to forget about what is happening in my country to relax myself: Scrooged silly book, second is part of a reading challenge: An unwanted guest. 3. Thank you @kamoorephoto for tagging me @mabell @Chrissyreadit @Avanders @DaveGreen7777 @JoScho

mabell Thank you for tagging me! I hope you are enjoying your reading and can escape with a little silly time 😊❤️ 2y
JoScho Thanks for the tag sweetness! 😘❤️ 2y
Chrissyreadit Thank you for the tag! I hope you are able to rejuvenate a little with your books ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Avanders Thank you here too! 😘♥️ Hope the reading is helping... 😨😔🖤 2y
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1. I thought it would be different since I accomplished one of my important goals in life, start a new stage in my life. However, life teaches you that you cannot control everything. Strong experiences in my personal life & in my country, but these experiences help to continue growing as a person, to be stronger, they will teach me how to be more reflective of what life is & who I am. 👇continue

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@MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday 🐺🌕
*The moon already looked magnificent last night!

- I‘m going into 2020 believing that it will be even more transformative than the last; 2019 was hard but it moved me forward, and away from a place of pain and fear
- I didn‘t set a lot of resolutions but my goal again is to have courage, be mindful and present, and be proactive
- Reading tagged book: Marsha Linehan‘s DBT teachings saved my life

MoonWitch94 I can‘t wait to take a look at the moon 🌙 tonight. (Missed it last night) Those are such good resolutions. Sending joy & peace to you in 2020. Thanks for playing ☺️ 2y
Avanders Thank you! 😘♥️ I‘m happy to hear that, difficult though 2019 may have been, it moved you forward. That is always so hard, but important to recognize your progress 🤗🤗 Hugs and love to you! 🤗♥️ 2y
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This just arrived, and I want to tell everyone out there who has struggled or IS suffering from BPD, suicidal thinking, emotional trauma, or self-harming behaviors, #DBT works.
I took part in one of the studies/DBT trials here at the BRTC in #Seattle, where #MarshaLinehan developed her Dialectical Behavioral Therapy programs, and thanks to the skills I learned, and therapy I received, it SAVED MY LIFE and changed my world.
Thank you, Marsha ❤️

JennyM I am so jealous!!! I cannot wait to read this. ♥️ Tagging @Kalalalatja (edited) 2y
kamoorephoto @JennyM @Kalalalatja Marsha Linehan is an amazing lady 🙂 Hope you get to read it soon! 2y
JennyM @kamoorephoto @Kalalalatja she sure is and DBT is just a wonderful therapy from a clinical perspective. Enjoy xx 2y
Kalalalatja Thanks for tagging me @JennyM it sounds like just a book for me! 2y
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